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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Wants to Hold Yandex Accountable for Activities in Occupied Crimea


Ukrainian diplomats are looking for opportunities to bring Russian company Yandex to justice for its activities in the occupied Crimea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said in response to an inquiry from the Crimea.Realities project.

“Despite the fact that Yandex’s activities in the Russian-occupied Crimea are not yet subject to EU sanctions regarding Crimea, we continue to work with European partners to seek opportunities to hold the company accountable for such activities,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stressed.

The Ministry noted that they regularly discuss with partners “in the EU institutions, as well as with the relevant member states of the European Union, all cases of violation of existing EU sanctions by European companies.”

As noted, the classification of Yandex’s actions and the determination of the presence of signs of violation of the legislation of Ukraine on the legal status of the temporarily occupied territory “fall within the jurisdiction of the relevant law enforcement agencies of Ukraine.” An appropriate legal analysis is currently underway.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reminded that Yandex’s operations on the territory of Ukraine are prohibited in accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Sanctions” dated 14 August 2014, No.+1644-VII.

Meanwhile, Russian company Yandex is recruiting employees in the occupied Crimea – the announcement was published on the company’s official website. Earlier, BBC reported that a Mastercard World card from Yandex.Money could be ordered in Sevastopol. To do this, it is enough to write down Sevastopol in the address field as a city belonging to Krasnodar Territory of the Russian Federation.

As a reminder, in 2015, Yandex.Money fell under US sanctions, but then the reason was its connection with Sberbank. The Russian structure of Yandex is 99.9% owned by a Dutch resident, Yandex A.V.

Bohdan Marusyak

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